|Publication number||US7204604 B2|
|Application number||US 11/055,684|
|Publication date||Apr 17, 2007|
|Filing date||Feb 11, 2005|
|Priority date||Jun 18, 2004|
|Also published as||US20050281050|
|Publication number||055684, 11055684, US 7204604 B2, US 7204604B2, US-B2-7204604, US7204604 B2, US7204604B2|
|Original Assignee||Au Optronics Corp.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (11), Referenced by (33), Classifications (15), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to a light emitting diode (LED) module, more particularly to an LED module with a support member to prevent downward bending of light reflective and diffusing plates therein.
Due to rapid advance in the electronic manufacture technology, a breakthrough in the light-production effect of the LED helps to improve the display ability of the LCD screens. Technically speaking, the LED has presently reached the extent of serving half the ability of cold cathode tube. It is hoped that by the year 2005, the light-production effect of the LED may exceed than that of the cold cathode tube. Due to swift response and since the LED can emit visible light, such as red, blue and green, the high cost color filters presently used in the LCD screen are likely replaced by the LEDs in the near future so as to provide wonderful images and sufficient brightness to the LCD screen. In view of lesser power consumption but providing higher lighting efficiency and longer service life, the role of the LED in the LCD device production is considerably prospective. Once the light-production effect of the LED is equal to or exceeds that of the cold cathode tube, the use of LED in the electronic devices will become much important. Presently, LEDs has been successfully used in traffic lights due to their ability in producing red and green colors. If the light-production effect of the LED can be elevated to a certain extent, the possibility of the LED to totally replace current light emitting lamps would be feasible. Also, it is well known that the LED is superior to the conventional light emitting in lower power consuming and low heat generation.
As illustrated in
The light reflective plate 16 can reflected the light beams emitted from the light-emitting portion 141 of the LED 14 upward, thereby effectively employing the light beams thereof. The outer periphery of the light reflective plate 16 is mounted on the housing 12 above the base plate, and has an LED hole exposing the light-emitting portion 141 above the reflective plate 16 while the mounting portion 143 of the LED is disposed below the reflective plate 16. In some prior technique, the mounting portion 143 of the LED 14 is used for supporting the reflective plate 16 thereabove.
The outer periphery of the light diffusing plate 18 is mounted on the housing 12 above the reflective plate 16 so that the diffusing plate 18 can diffuse the light beams reflected by the reflective plate 16, thereby causing several light reflection actions between the diffusing and the reflective plates 18, 16, which, in turn, provides incredible brightness of the LED 14.
Presently, the LED module is used only in the small-sized LCD device, such as handheld PDA with LCD screen. The researchers in the LCD manufacturing world are eager to solve the possible difficulties once the LED modules are employed in the large-sized LCD device since the larger or wider LCD screen requires a larger LED module as its backlight module. As illustrated in
The object of the present invention is to provide an LED module that is provided with a support member for supporting the reflective and diffusing plates, and thereby to prevent the occurrence of downward bending of these plates. The LED module can be used in the light emitting lamps or traffic lights. Alternatively, the LED module of the present invention can serve as the backlight module for the display of the LCD device.
In accordance with the present invention, the LED module can include a housing, a circuit board, at least one LED, at least one support member, a reflective plate and a diffusing plate.
The housing of the present invention further has a base plate for mounting thereupon the circuit board. The circuit board is electrically connected to the LED/LEDs for controlling purposes. The circuit board can also serve to control the LCD located above the LED module.
The LED of the present invention is divided into an upper light-emitting portion and a lower mounting portion. The mounting portion is disposed on the base plate of the housing (particularly, on the circuit board). The light-emitting portion is known as the light source for the LED module.
The support member of the present invention can be further divided into a lower portion and an upper cone-shaped protrusive portion. The lower portion is mounted on the base plate of the housing (particularly, on the circuit board). The cone-shaped protrusive portion located on top of the lower portion is extended upward away the base plate.
The reflective plate of the present invention, mounted above the lower portion of the support member and the mounting portion of the LED, is used to reflect upward the light ray of the light-emitting portion of the LED/LEDs so that the light provided by the LED/LEDs can be completely utilized in the LCD module. The reflective plate further has at least one LED hole and at least one support hole. The LED hole is sleeved around the respective LED, while the support hole is sleeved around the respective support member.
The diffusing plate, supported by the cone-shaped protrusive portion and thus disposed above the reflective plate, is to utilize the difference between the reflectivity of its own property and that of the air to reflect reciprocally part of the light between the diffusing plate and the reflective plate. Upon such an arrangement, the light emitted by the LED/LEDs can be thoroughly mixed so as to make the light homogeneous brightness and color-ness.
In the LED module in accordance with the present invention, the number of the support members used in a particular embodiment is judged by the dimension of the LED module. Preferably, the cone-shaped protrusive portion of the support member can have a white outer surface so as to reduce its interfere to the light quality. Else, the cone-shaped protrusive portion of the support member can be made of a transparent or translucent material so that its effect upon the light propagation between the diffusing plate and the reflective plate can be reduced to a minimum.
In the present invention, by providing the support member, manufacturing defects possible in the reflective plate, the diffusing plate and even an auxiliary diffusing plate can be substantially neglected. Also, following improvement such as laminating of additional optical layers on the diffusing plate can be safely constructed without damaging the optical performance of the LED module.
In summary, the LED module as well as the support member in accordance with the present invention can minimize the influence of the manufacturing defects, especially the dents, in the reflective plate and the diffusing plate. In particular, by introducing the support member, the mounting smoothness in the reflective plate and the diffusing plate can be ensured such that the homogeneous light quality of the LED module can be easily maintained.
Other features and advantages of this invention will become more apparent in the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments of this invention, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
The housing 32 has a base plate 321. The circuit board 33 is disposed on the base plate 321, and is electrically connected to the LEDs 34 so as to control the activation of the LEDs 34. In some embodiments (not shown here), the circuit board 33 is used for controlling the display of an LCD device, in which the display is disposed above the LED module 30.
The reflective plate 36 for reflecting upward the light of the LEDs 34 is mounted in the housing 32 so as to dispose itself at an elevation above the base plate 321. The reflective plate 36 has at least one LED hole 364 (two shown in this figure) and at least one support hole 365 (two shown in this figure). The LED hole 364 sleeves around the respectively LED 34 in such a manner to expose the light-emitting portions 341 of LEDs 34 above the reflective plate 36. On the other hand, the support hole 365 is located so as to permit extension of the cone-shaped protrusive portions 353 of the support members 35 therethrough. As shown, the reflective plate 36 is located above the lower portion 351 of the support member 35 and the mounting portion 343 of the LED 34.
The diffusing plate 38 is supported by the cone-shaped protrusive portion 353. By utilizing the difference between the reflectivity of the diffusing plate 38 and that of the air, part of the light hitting the diffusing plate 38 can be reflect reciprocally between the diffusing plate 38 and the reflective plate 36 so as to thoroughly mix the light emitted by the LED/LEDs 34. Upon such an arrangement, the light leaving the diffusing plate 38 can have homogeneous brightness and color-ness.
Unlike the conventional LED module of
In one aspect of the present invention as typically shown in
As described above in
Referring now to
As shown, the bottom of the base cone-shaped portion 355 is attached to the top surface of the lower portion 351 which has an area larger than that of the bottom of the base cone-shaped portion 355. The base cone-shaped portion 355 extrudes through the respective support hole 365 of the reflective plate 36 and extends upward to bear the auxiliary diffusing plate 52 on top thereof.
Also shown in
In the present invention, the number of the LEDs or the support members can be determined by judging the dimension of the LED module. Preferably, the outer surface of the cone-shaped protrusive portion including both the tip and base cone-shaped portions can be white so as not to degrade the light-mixing operation. Alternatively, the material of the cone-shaped protrusive portion including both the tip and base cone-shaped portions can be transparent or translucent so as to reduce the influence upon the light propagation.
By virtue of arrangement of the support members in the LED module of the present invention, the prior drawbacks resulting from the use of the conventional LED module can be overcome. In addition, even if some optical films (like brightness enhancing film or prisms) are employed above the diffusing plate, the stability of the LED module of the present invention is undisturbed due to unique structure and presence of the support members.
To summarize the above paragraphs, the present invention provides an LED module with a support member so as to prevent the occurrence of downward bending of the diffusing plate and the reflective plate due to earth gravity. By virtue of the support members, the diffusing and reflective plates can extend in the horizontal direction, which, in turn, provide uniform light reflection and diffusion between the plates, thereby enabling the LED module of the present invention to possess uniform brightness.
While the invention has been described in connection with what is considered the most practical and preferred embodiments, it is understood that this invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiments but is intended to cover various arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and equivalent arrangements.
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|U.S. Classification||362/227, 362/634, 362/633, 362/612|
|International Classification||F21V7/04, F21K99/00|
|Cooperative Classification||F21K9/00, F21Y2115/10, G02F1/133605, G02F1/133611, G02F1/133608, G02F2201/54, G02F1/133603|
|European Classification||G02F1/1336B5, F21K9/00|
|Feb 11, 2005||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: AU OPTRONICS CORP., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:CHOU, SHEN-HONG;REEL/FRAME:016271/0467
Effective date: 20050127
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